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Scot JCB finds perfect planning software partner in PODFather


Scot JCB, supplier of agricultural and construction machinery in Scotland and the North of England has selected PODFather’s field engineer management system for roll out across its complex service management operation. With over 150 engineers, 17 depots and 1,000+ daily visits that involve a varied mix of routine repairs, emergency SLA dependent call outs, and multi engineer jobs, Scot JCB has struggled to find a solution capable of handling the intricacies of its operation. With PODFather’s job management, route scheduling and electronic proof of delivery (ePOD) software now rolling out the Scot JCB team is confident it has found the right supplier capable of handling the nuances of its operation. PODFather will replace Scot JCB’s incumbent technology with an intuitive planning system and smart phone app for improved visibility and control across its operation.

“Our operation deals with so much more than routine repair visits,” comments Scott Spowage, Group IT Manager at Scot JCB. “The jobs our engineers are handling are usually complex, multi point inspections that vary depending on manufacturer instructions and client needs. This has been a problem for solution providers we’ve worked with in the past, but not for PODFather.”

The Scot JCB group consists of five companies operating from a network of 17 depots across Scotland and the North of England supplying and servicing construction, agricultural and industry machinery. With PODFather successfully implemented at its Glasgow-HQ, the Scot JCB team is now embarking on a swift roll out plan across its entire operation. Having struggled to find good fit technology for its busy operation, Scot JCB reviewed what the market had to offer and picked PODFather as its solution of choice. The PODFather solution is being used to plan engineer schedules, track vehicle movements and capture photographs, service and maintenance records, and signatures against each completed job. With strict customer SLAs in place it is imperative that Scot JCB has a sophisticated solution to ensure engineers are sufficiently utilised, and that customer service promises are adhered to, in the most efficient way.

“With PODFather we get the system flexibility, and reliable results, that we’ve been looking for from a software supplier. We have been able to configure the system to meet the specific needs of our service engineer visits. This was a huge plus point and something we’ve struggled with in the past,” adds Spowage. “We are using PODFather to plan engineer routes, that includes both routine servicing, multi engineer visits and emergency call outs for which we must adhere to our strict service level agreement promises and we can now make informed decisions quickly which is great for our customers and our business.”

With PODFather, Scot JCB can capture onsite information relating to each specific job. Historically engineers captured photos on a digital camera; this is now all captured via the PODFather smartphone app. Engineers can log what work has been completed and what repairs or part replacements will be required in the future. They can also use the app’s dictation tool to capture their spoken notes, as opposed to having to type out written notes for every job. “We are at the start of our PODFather journey and we look forward to seeing the system’s proven benefits become a reality across our operation,” concludes Jamieson.

“We are delighted to be helping the team at Scot JCB tackle the challenge of planning and managing its complex service management operation,” adds Colin McCreadie, Managing Director at PODFather. “The selection and roll out of PODFather is testament to just how flexible, configurable and intuitive our award-winning field service technology really is.”

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Anti-cellulite leggings are the answer to all our prayers and for getting perfect legs


Are you looking to banish your cellulite and tone up your legs. With the government initiative to get the UK fit this summer, there is no better time to update your health and fitness routine, and with Assome you can look good doing it!

Cellulite is the dimpled-looking skin that commonly occurs in the thigh region. It forms when fatty tissue deep in the skin pushes up against connective tissue.

It’s estimated that more than 85 percent of all women 21 years and older have cellulite so it is completely normal, but can be rather irritating when it comes to donning your favourite shorts!

Luckily, the Assome! Smart Leggings are the answer you have been looking for. They are made with anti-cellulite fibres and are completed with Assome! Microcapsules. Their unique microcapsule technology locks in the anti-cellulite and anti-aging plant extracts which make up the leggings fabric, this in turn helps to reduce cellulite, improve skin hydration and moisture, revamp blood circulation and boost collagen production.

The leggings are carefully formulated with kelp, gotu kola and ginkgo extract which have a host of amazing benefits:

KELP : Kelp is a part of the brown algae family, a type of seaweed.kelp is a natural source of vitamins and minerals as zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium due to its high iodine and minerals content, kelp is known to help soften and hydrate dry skin making it super moisturised (it forms a film on the skin that slows down water loss) it helps your skin retain water keeping it hydrated for longer. sea kelp contains minerals penetrating the skin and removing toxins it will help reduce redness leaving you clearer skin it protects your skin against daily pollution thank to antioxidants

GOTU COLA : This Ancient Herb is well known for its anti-aging, anti-cellulite and health benefits. It is the most common ingredient in skincare products.  it boosts the production of collagen which is crucial in maintaining the skin’s elasticity and youthful glow it improves blood circulation supporting connective tissue integrity and treating broken capillaries and stubborn cellulite it enhances the structure of connective tissue and keeps the skin tight and firm
it has also anti-inflammatory properties therefore, it may improve the appearance of cellulite

GINGKO : Derived from an Asian tree known as Gingko. it provides many antioxidant benefits it boosts cell metabolism and increases the production of collagen rich in Vitamin E, ginkgo will prevent from skin problems such as scars and stretch marks it has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties it contains powerful antioxidants combatting or neutralizing the damaging effects of free radicals ginkgo may increase blood flow by promoting the dilation of blood vessels

Want to test them out for yourself? You can now buy these leggings for just £74.90!

https://assome.co.uk/products/assome-smart-leggings

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New Biometric Research Reveals the Perfect Business Card Design


• Four in ten UK adults (40%) have had their perception of a business or company negatively impacted by the quality and/or design of a business card alone, new research reveals.
• Biometric analysis (using eye tracking, heart rate monitoring, and 1-100 dial rate scoring) reveals what overall designs, and fonts/colours are favoured most.
• One in three (31%) say a no-frills design with only essential information was always their preference
• Further information can be found here.

Four in ten UK adults (40%) have had their perception of a business or company negatively impacted by the quality and/or design of a business card alone, new research reveals.

The study with 2,000 people1, undertaken by online printing specialists, instantprint, showed just how impactful a bad design can be; sparking further investigation into what we consider to be a good design.

Following the initial nationwide poll, instantprint conducted in-depth biometric analysis2 with seven business card variations across ten industries (70 cards in total). Users had their eyes tracked (heatmapping and pupil dilation) and heart rates monitored as they looked over each business card; revealing what grabbed their attention first, what got their heart rates going, and which designs interested them the most overall.

So, what makes the perfect business card design?
1. Colour: Yellow and white are the most appealing colours for the background of a business card, according to the biometric analysis. Strong primary blues and green were also popular accent colour option across the board.
2. Text: All copy should be easy-to-read and evenly spaced, with black or white text colour most appealing. Classic fonts were consistently more popular than modern typefaces.
3. Logo: Users showed a preference for simple and representative logos that took up no more than 25% of the total business card space.

Overall, the findings outlined a tendency towards simplicity over more unique and statement designs.

This was again reinforced in instantprint’s poll, with traditional card layouts with logos/fonts/colours that accurately represent a business’ services favoured by nearly half (45%) of all respondents, and one in three (31%) saying a no-frills design with only essential information was always their preference.

Jon Constantine-Smith, Head of instantprint, commented on the findings:
“It is fascinating to see just how much impact the design of a business card can have on the perception of a business, but also how opinions do vary between industries, generations and genders.
“Driving new customers can be challenging for any business, so turning someone off when you hand a card over is of course something to avoid!
“When it comes to the design of your business stationery, it can be tricky to get it right, but considering your audience, and following the advice laid out by this research – keeping it simple and representative of your services – is a great starting point.”

For more findings from instantprint’s business card research, including a video showing the full biometric testing process, please visit: https://www.instantprint.co.uk/printspiration/print-design-tips/the-science-of-creating-the-perfect-business-card

Methodology
1. Survey of 2,000 adults.

2. Biometric analysis using Gazepoint testing equipment, connected to a PC. This was conducted in November 2019. We set up an eye tracking camera, biometrics dial and heart rate monitor with a PC. The test itself involved using seven business card design variations across ten different industries (70 in total). Once the equipment was set up, it was time to start recording results. We invited a selection of people to undertake the test to ensure the insight was representative of a broad demographic. Each person had to sit directly in front of the GP3 eye tracking camera so the camera could focus on the individual’s pupils using infrared. Each user placed his or her index fingers in the heart rate monitor and placed their other hand on the 0-100% dial, to rate how they felt about each design. Before the test could begin, we calibrated the eye tracking camera for each user to ensure that their eyes were being accurately tracked. Once the calibration was complete, the user was then allowed to begin the test which took around 5 minutes. When all tests were complete, we exported the data and footage to analyse the results.

About instantprint

Founded in 2009, instantprint is an online printing company, made up of a friendly bunch of talented individuals with a hunger to help their customers reach their customers in the best way. With print that makes them look amazing. And helps their business to flourish. Making them so much more than a printing company.

instantprint are proud to offer sustainable print services, using the greenest possible paper options available, and on top of this they are FSC certified. The company are also ISO certified, and all of their packaging (even the plastic!) is recyclable. They pride themselves on their partnerships with several waste management companies, which means they recycle 97% of all their waste.

instantprint recently announced plans of their 2020 expansion. The printing firm will increase their total footprint by 45% to 145,000 sq. ft paving the way for its continual growth.

instantprint was named the national winner of the 2019 Customer and Market Engagement at the European Business Awards.

instantprint specialises in 24-hour flyer and leaflets, business cards, posters and stationery. Thanks to a recent 3.25m investment, the printing giant is now able to produce and deliver stapled booklets within two working days.

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Food production health & safety: why visitor management apps have the perfect recipe


Health and safety – the most significant words in the food production space. There’s various legislation that food production organisations must follow which require them to present certain policies, agreements and questionnaires to both visitors and staff.

Whilst companies are aware of this and have procedures in place, it’s often no fun for the receptionist or the visitor – pages and pages of paper to complete is not the way you want to welcome your guests. Not to mention, once they’ve filled out a questionnaire it’s not all done and dusted; this needs to be read through to double-check whether they can go into food production areas.

With advances in technology, food production facilities can now ditch the pen & paper and maximise their health and safety compliance with a visitor management app. Below are just a few of the reasons why visitor management apps have the perfect recipe for food production organisations.

Present relevant health and safety policies

Various visitor management apps now allow you to automatically present policies and agreements to those signing into your building; so there’s no need to rummage around trying to find the paper version. You may also prompt visitors to perform an action such as ticking a box or signing their signature to agree that they have read the policy.

Many of these apps also give you full flexibility to change the content of policies, agreements and questionnaires so that they’re bespoke to your organisation and can be easily updated when required should the content need to change.

You may also have the option to choose which content you present to which groups. For example, you may not need to show all policies and agreements to the visitors that are not visiting the production areas.

Control who enters the food production areas

In a food production facility, there needs to be control over who enters food production areas for health and safety purposes. Health questionnaires are used to find out whether there are any reasons a person should not enter a food production area such as having an illness which could cause a risk of contamination.

A visitor management app can enable you to get your visitors to fill out the health questionnaire through the app rather than filling out a paper copy; this can automatically be presented to them when signing in. Some apps may then allow you to have your visitor’s answers communicated with relevant people in the business. For example, if someone answered ‘yes’ to a question regarding an illness, you can set the app to notify relevant people to deal with this.

Emergency evacuations

Food production facilities should have a strict emergency evacuation procedure in place in case of fires or major incidents. In these instances, it’s crucial that you know exactly who has been in the building during the day. This isn’t always a quick process when using a paper visitor book.

A visitor management app can make emergency evacuations much smoother. Some visitor management apps have a mobile version of the app where you can access an accurate, up-to-date evacuation list of who has been in the building. You can then identify who is present when taking a roll call and if anyone isn’t present you can locate them by seeing who they were visiting. You may also be able to assign different evacuation points to different groups.

Sign In App is a visitor management app that can do everything mentioned above. If you want to improve health and safety compliance in your food production facility, get in touch to find out more about how Sign In App can make your processes simpler. Send us an email to info@signinapp.com or give us a call on 0333 016 3551. Alternatively, if you’ve already got an iPad then you can get started now with our 15-day free trial here .

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